HR 13: Urging the United States Coast Guard to name one of the two new polar class icebreakers the "Polar Bear" and to station the icebreaker in the Arctic.

00 HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 13 01 Urging the United States Coast Guard to name one of the two new polar class 02 icebreakers the "Polar Bear" and to station the icebreaker in the Arctic. 03 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 WHEREAS the Cutter Bear, referred to here as the "USCGC Bear" because of its 05 longevity of service to the United States Coast Guard, was a vessel that served the United 06 States Revenue Cutter Service, United States Coast Guard, and the United States Navy; and 07 WHEREAS the USCGC Bear served those respective estimable institutions from 08 1884 to 1944; and 09 WHEREAS the USCGC Bear was an infallible asset in the Bering Sea Patrol, helping 10 to develop, protect, and explore the state's coast in the late nineteenth century and early 11 twentieth century; and 12 WHEREAS the USCGC Bear conducted several different exploratory missions in the 13 Arctic and Antarctic regions; and 14 WHEREAS the USCGC Bear served in the Greenland Patrol during World War II, 15 helping to protect allied shipping during the Battle of the Atlantic; and 16 WHEREAS, while being towed in March of 1963, the USCGC Bear was lost at sea;

01 and 02 WHEREAS the Natural Resources Management Act of 2019 passed by the 116th 03 Congress of the United States of America appropriated funds for two new polar class 04 icebreakers for service in the Arctic; and 05 WHEREAS the two new polar class icebreakers will operate in similar conditions to 06 the USCGC Bear, and will likely be as imperative as the USCGC Bear was in furthering the 07 development of coastal areas of the state; and 08 WHEREAS the Arctic will continue to offer significant economic opportunities in 09 natural resource development and international trade; and 10 WHEREAS severe weather conditions in the Arctic Ocean require year-round ice 11 breaking capabilities; and 12 WHEREAS other Arctic nations are proactively developing infrastructure, including 13 building more icebreakers, to take advantage of the opportunities in the Arctic; and 14 WHEREAS naming one of the new vessels the "Polar Bear" encourages placement in 15 the Arctic as polar bears do not live in any other part of the world that requires ice-breaking 16 capabilities; 17 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature requests the United States Coast 18 Guard to name one of the new polar class icebreakers currently under construction the "Polar 19 Bear" to pay homage to the lost USCGC Bear; and be it 20 FURTHER RESOLVED the Alaska State Legislature urges the United States Coast 21 Guard to permanently station the polar class icebreakers in the Arctic to ensure safe year- 22 round navigation and national security. 23 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Donald J. Trump, President 24 of the United States; the Honorable Michael R. Pence, Vice President of the United States and 25 President of the U.S. Senate; Admiral Karl L. Schultz, Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard; and 26 the Honorable Lisa Murkowski and the Honorable Dan Sullivan, U.S. Senators, and the 27 Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, members of the Alaska delegation in Congress.